July 23, 2020

How to Create Healthful Interiors With Certified Flooring

You want beautiful floors that express your style and complement your d├ęcor. If you have children, suffer from chemical sensitivities or allergies, or simply want to use the most environmentally friendly options on the market, you can take flooring to a new level with certified products that help create a home that's as healthful as it is beautiful. Look for tested options that meet rigorous criteria for their quality control, materials and indoor air-quality (IAQ) performance.

Like everything in your home, including paint, furniture and fabrics, flooring products can off-gas, or emit, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chemicals that can have an adverse effect on your health. VOCs produce the smells you associate with a new car, fresh paint or new carpet, but because we spend 90% of our time indoors, VOCs can have a greater impact on long-term health than many people realize.

VOC concentrations run up to 10 times higher indoors than outside. Depending on your sensitivities to these compounds, VOC exposure can produce symptoms ranging from irritation in your eyes, nose and throat to headaches, fatigue, dizziness and more. To curtail your exposure to VOCs and limit their impact on your health, two special certifications show that specific flooring products meet EPA standards for VOC out-gassing and can help you create good indoor air quality.

The FloorScore® IAQ certification standard covers hard-surface flooring materials, adhesives and underlayments. The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), a major industry trade association, developed this standard in conjunction with SCS Global Services, a leader in third-party certification of environmental sustainability.

The California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) Standard Method for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions Testing and Evaluation provides FloorScore's criteria for testing a product's chemical emissions. FloorScore reevaluates certified products annually to verify that they continue to meet its standards.

The FloorScore label shows that a product qualifies for the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership for Engineering and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, the gold standard in green-building ratings; the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), a national standard for new and renovated school construction; the WELL Building Standard, an international performance-based evaluation of the built environment; the Green Guide for Healthcare, a set of global sustainability standards for care-facility construction; and other standards for healthful buildings.

Like FloorScore, GREENGUARD certifies a wide range of products, including flooring materials, based on the standards of the EPA, CDPH and other environmental agencies. Air Quality Sciences, Inc. founded the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute in 2001 to create a product certifier that could support indoor air quality. Today, GREENGUARD forms part of the Environment division of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), one of several companies authorized to perform safety testing for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), among other entities, has adopted GREENGUARD emissions limits as purchasing specifications.

GREENGUARD's two certifications represent dual emission standards that validate manufacturer claims with unbiased science. The GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification represents the standard level of VOC testing for interior products. The GREENGUARD Gold Certification includes more-stringent guidelines that regulate products designed for areas in which children live, learn and play. The UL SPOT database lists all certified products, which are subject to manufacturing-process review and testing.

Look for the FloorScore label or GREENGUARD Certification mark as your guarantee of the indoor emissions performance of flooring materials, and rest assured that they help protect your good health while they beautify your home. Ask the design experts at Kermans Flooring to help you evaluate your needs and choose the right certified options to meet them. Schedule a complimentary consultation or stop by to see our environmentally accredited products.

June 18, 2020

How to Transform Your Space with an Area Rug

The right area rug can transform a room or create a focal point by defining a space with added color, texture and style. With a seemingly endless selection of sizes, colors, patterns and materials, choosing the right area rug can be daunting. But here’s a few tips for inspiration to make choosing one more fun and a little less stressful.

Where shape is concerned, there are no hard and fast rules, and personal preference is the name of the game. However, if it’s a streamlined, linear look you’re aiming for, go with a rectangular rug. If your goal is to break up or add contrast to a more linear room, go with a round or oval-shaped rug and add a bit of visual interest.



Again, an area rug should help define or accent a space. It can be used to separate rooms or certain areas, such as a living room from a dining room, if your home features an open-plan concept In other words, in the world of area rugs, size and scale matter – you want to perfectly delineate one space from another and avoid having your area rug look like wall-to-wall carpeting. The general rule is to keep at least one foot between the edge of the rug and the edge of the room or space.

When it comes to furniture placement on or around a rug, it’s completely up to personal preference. For a bigger room, you can opt for a rug large enough to contain all four legs of any sofa, chair, coffee table or side table; for a smaller room, you can select a rug containing just two legs. If you’re looking for an area rug that has to be a specific size for your room layout, however, you may have to go the custom route. Pre-made area rugs only come in certain sizes, but with a custom-made area rug, you can choose any size, shape or color, and you can add special features like a border made from a different material. Custom-made rugs also create one-of-a-kind looks for your space.

When looking for an area rug, be sure to pick one that gives your space a cohesive, holistic look. Color is the best way to achieve this. When choosing a color, be sure to replicate colors already present in your space, or choose colors in the same palette. Another way to ensure a harmonious look for your space is with matching rugs. But if “matchy-matchy” isn’t your style, there’s a way around that. You can choose rugs with similar tones but made from different materials or with different textures. This allows you to still differentiate between spaces while maintaining a cohesive look. Working with different patterns in one space is a bit tricky, so instead, combine patterned rugs with neutral-colored solid rugs or one that’s within the same color family.  

A big trend in the last couple of years has been layering carpet with rugs. It’s a great way to add more visual interest to your space, but once again, color and texture are critical. To layer successfully, be sure to choose colors and patterns that complement each other with similar tones – again, cohesiveness is what you’re trying to achieve. For example, a cowhide rug layered over a jute wall-to-wall carpet installation adds ample visual interest and, because they’re both neutral in color, maintains cohesion while adding a pop of color or pattern to the space, creating a focal point in an otherwise less interesting space.            

What an area rug is made out of is also important to consider. Today’s area rugs are made from a wide range of natural and synthetic fibers, and its location will often determine what kind of material to go with. There are several options, including:

·      Wool. If you’re wanting to create a cozy, more intimate space, try wool. It’s an eco- friendly, renewable resource and is usually specified for its fiber durability and soft nature. Wool, being a natural fiber, repels stains, water and improves indoor air quality. Wool rugs are usually best for living and dining rooms as well as high-traffic areas and are generally a more expensive alternative to the fibers listed below. Some manufacturers combine wool and silk fibers to soften up the feel of the rug.

·      Sisal, jute, sea grass. These durable, natural grasses and other fibers are neutral or earthy in color and provide rich textures, making them easy to work into any interior space design. And, because the fibers are made from renewable sources, this option is environmentally friendly. Area rugs made from these materials are ideal for high-traffic areas.

·      Synthetics. Synthetic area rugs, including those made with viscose, nylon and/or polypropylene textiles, have vastly improved in look and design over the past few years and are now often hard to tell apart from rugs made out of natural materials. They’re perfect for hallways and outdoor areas (primarily polypropylene area rugs) because they’re extremely durable, easy to clean, and water and UV resistant. 

A new area rug is an ideal, relatively easy way to change up your interior space. With the selection of shapes, sizes and materials available today, your space is a blank canvas just waiting for you to give it a bold, refreshing new look. Luckily, the design experts at Kermans Flooring have the knowledge and experience to help you make just the right selection. Stop by today or schedule a complimentary design consultation.   



May 22, 2020

Making a Statement with Texture

Homeowners everywhere are always looking to update the look and vibe of their homes, and they often start with flooring. But in a sea of options, nothing beats textured flooring in creating visual interest for your living space.

Texture can be accomplished a couple different ways, either through the direct embossing or texturing of the flooring material or through the use of patterns. In addition, the range of textured flooring options and materials available is almost endless, providing lots of potential design ideas for changing up a room.

According to Kermans Design Consultant Jessica Dault, textured flooring is the perfect way to make a statement, create a specific look and feel, or create a wow-factor focal point. It’s also useful in offsetting negative space or complementing a monochromatic color scheme.

“Texture can be achieved visually through how something looks, or in a more literal sense through physical touch. Texture is more than how something feels, it’s also about how something’s perceived to feel. Texture creates that sensation of curiosity and evokes a sense of wonder that teases our sense of touch.”    


Textured flooring is available in both hard- and soft-surface options. Hard-surface flooring options include wood, laminate, and ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tile. Soft-surface options include carpets and rugs made of wool, nylon, polyester or other materials featuring different pile heights, depths and color blends. Both are available in a broad range of colors and patterns and are fast becoming one of the most versatile and popular go-to trends in flooring, especially vinyl and laminate plank.

For example, if you want the refined look of hardwood without the maintenance, there are several options in laminate and other materials that feature the depth, grooves and visual interest once only available in hardwood flooring. And wood-look flooring now has such high quality that people often can’t tell it apart from the real thing. Not only is there an almost limitless range of options to choose from based on your design goals, but these materials often offer greater durability and water resistance, making maintenance simple and nearly worry free.

Hard and soft-surface finish techniques
Textured hard- and soft-surface flooring options have their own unique look and feel and can be used to create any mood or look you’re wanting to achieve. Options include:

·      Hand scraped flooring, which features long, ingrained scrapes and lots of variation between planks, plenty of character and a unique, handcrafted look. Hand scraped flooring is available in in a range of materials – traditional and engineered wood, laminate, vinyl and tile – and results in a higher-end look.

·      Wirebrushed flooring is created by intentionally scratching the surface of the plank with a wire brush to expose and open up the wood grain to create texture, resulting in a smoother and more consistent look than hand scraped or distressed flooring. Wirebrushed flooring usually offers a cleaner lined, more refined look that complements any traditional or contemporary-style home. And an added bonus with wirebrushed flooring: it hides dirt really well, making it ideal for kitchens.

·      Distressed flooring, which, as its name implies, looks as though it’s been through a lot of wear and tear and features scrapes, burns, knots, wormholes and more, giving it an aged, antique look. This type of flooring almost gives your space a historic look, making it the perfect choice if you live in an older home, your space has exposed brick or stacked stone walls, or if you have or are planning to have a farmhouse kitchen.

·      Reclaimed wood, which features the highest level of detail. Whether the real thing or not, you’re looking at details like knots, nail holes and color variations. What you get is flooring that’s quirky with a backstory, and the beauty of reclaimed wood-look flooring is it’s much more affordable than the real thing and you get the same amazing results.  

·      Porcelain, ceramic and stone tiles that are stamped to create ridges and patterns. They’re another type of textured flooring popular with consumers because they’re easy to care for, durable, won’t fade in sunlight and are easy to clean. Tile is also water resistant, making it ideal for bathrooms.



Carpets and rugs
Carpets and area rugs are also great for adding more texture to your space and there are many options available.

·      Frieze, or “twist” carpeting, uses densely-packed, twisted loops to create a choppy, wavy surface. Think of it as a modernized version of 1970s shag without the matting and flattening typical of shag pile. Frieze is also good at hiding dirt and footprints.

·      Cut-and-loop, often typical of patterned carpet, provides nice texture and visual interest by combining looped fibers with cut, or straight, fibers, resulting in the creation of a geometric or abstract design. With a mix of multicolored yarn, this popular style of carpet has become an instant favorite among those looking for a fun, updated change to an interior space.

·      Ribbed cut can be a cut-and-loop pile or a cut-pile carpet that’s trimmed in areas to create sculpted designs. It may also have color variations throughout. Because its textured surface can camouflage marks and stains, a ribbed cut is a good choice for children's rooms or other high-traffic spaces. It’s also velvety soft, making it a cozy and comfortable option for a bedroom floor.

Our design consultants have decades of experience and can help identify the right type of flooring to create just the right look for your space. We offer a wide selection of high-quality flooring with unbeatable customer service. Contact us to see how we can help you with your next project.
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